Go Ahead, Take That Risk!


Tomorrow, Kansas City will be humming with the innovation vibe. Two energetic Kansas City–area entrepreneurs, Jabbar Wesley and Eze Redwood—will be launching the city’s first NovelDay at the headquarters of Burns & McDonnell, the international engineering firm.

How many budding entrepreneurs are holding off on implementing a great idea because they lack the confidence to take the leap? Can risktaking be learned?  How do you overcome fear of failure?  In my travels around America’s Heartland I’ve come across many individuals and organizations grappling with these questions.

Jabbar Wesley and Eze Redwood at a NovelDay planning session.
Jabbar Wesley and Eze Redwood at a NovelDay planning session.

Wesley and Redwood recognized this problem—and the opportunity. NovelDay is about cultivating innovative thinking and risktaking among entrepreneurs. The event brings together leaders and organizations with global influence, while showcasing Kansas City as NovelCity, USA. From media personalities to the high-wire artist Nik Wallenda, the day finds new angles, sources and resources to nurture your inner risktaker.

 “Think Novel, Take Risks” is the theme of the day. That means growing ideas, finding possibilities, and transforming individuals so that they are able to act on their entrepreneurial options. Be part of turning this idea into reality—check it out at www.NovelCity.org.

—Becky Greenwald, Region VII Advocate

Becky Greenwald is the Office of Advocacy’s regional advocate for Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, and Missouri.